Not content with looking conspicuous as a professional athlete, former Mariner great, future Hall of Famer and all around large human Randy Johnson is now taking his talents to that small strip between the mosh pit and the stage. That's right, the tallest man you've ever seen is now a rock photographer, i.e. the guy who blocks everyone else's view of the band.
Something called Noisecreep caught up with Johnson at Lollapalooza, where he was shooting photos of his old buddies in Soundgarden (he's apparently tight with guitarist Kim Thayil). That's him below; the blurry guy way to the left.
At least, I think it was Johnson that they interviewed. I couldn't really tell what with all (!) the (!) exclamation points (!).
"This is my first summer available to go to shows, since I spent the last 26 years playing baseball, so my time was limited," Johnson, who was nicknamed 'The Big Unit,' told Noisecreep, fresh from shooting Iron Maiden and Dream Theater. "I have four kids and there is usually there is a concert in Arizona I can go to! I've enjoyed music forever, and photography, so one plus one! I envy these photographers that shoot for the bands, taking great pictures, having total access and getting them published."
Johnson is a rock 'n' roll fan, and his status as a prominent major leaguer allowed him to meet bands he liked. "Through my professional career, I have had an opportunity to be friends with musicians, starting with Kim Thayil from Soundgarden, from when I lived in Seattle. I was up in that scene at the right time, seeing Nirvana and Pearl Jam," Johnson said. "Now, I am living in Arizona, I've gone to shows and met a lot of different bands members and find out they are sports fanatics!"
That's weird. A notoriously surly interview like Johnson is suddenly perky and willing to talk at length? Dude just wanted to rock out, I guess.